Monthly Archives: December 2012

Excess & Amazon – A Guide to Some of My Favorite Orders of 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I’d like to call special attention to my addiction. In 2012, I’ve compiled 137 physical Amazon orders up from 106 in 2011 (Note: this doesn’t include Android App purchases, MP3 downloads or Kindle ebook purchases). Thankfully, I’m a member of Amazon Prime Student which gets me free two day shipping on all orders for only $39 a year. To say I get my money’s worth is an understatement like saying Adrian Peterson is a decent running back. Anyway, below are some of my better orders of the year.

Nyko Bluetooth Playpad – $29.99

Why is it awesome? Easy. Since I have an Android Tablet (Google Nexus 10), I purchased an app called Nes.Emu which allows me to play old school Nintendo games on the tablet. The problem is that it’s really hard to play tapping on the screen each time I want to hit the ‘A’ or ‘B’ button. That’s where the Nyko Bluetooth controller comes in. It’s not the greatest controller in the world, but I’ve been playing RBI Baseball like a champ and my finance’ has been tearing up Super Mario 3. This was definitely worth the $30.

Only the greatest game ever

Special K Cereal (Vanilla Almond) – $14-15 for a 4 Pack

Yes, I’ve taken to buying food off of Amazon… why you may ask? Well, a couple of reasons, first and foremost, it’s often times cheaper than going to the store. Secondly, they’ll deliver it to my house for free. In true Amazon fashion, the price of the cereal jumps around daily so they key similar to stock picking…. buy low. This is usually in the $14-15 range for a 4 pack.

Special K Cereal, Vanilla Almond, 17.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

Candy Cigarettes – $7-8

As a child, I remember going to the drug store with my Grandpa and he would let us get the coolest candy. I remember getting bubble gum cigars, candy cigarettes or the gum that was rock-hard that came in Topps wax packs. Amazon somehow sells an entire case of candy cigarettes (24 packs) for $7-8 dollars. I saw these at the North Market in Columbus for a dollar a pack. Another thing I remember my grandpa buying for me (other than thousands and thousands of baseball cards) were the Clown Cones sold at Baskin Robbins. Note to self, make a 2013 resolution about trying to find out of Baskin Robbins still sells Clown Cones.

Candy Cigarettes

Pinball Lights – $3-8

The greatest thing that I own is an electro-mechanical pinball machine called Cross-Town built in 1966 and passed down from my dad. This actually warrants a dedicated post in the future to how awesome it is.  Anyway, since it’s an older machine that is totally mechanical, it’s hard to get parts and service so I was amazed when I went looking for light bulb replacements to find them on Amazon for super-cheap. This is the beauty of Amazon, they have nearly everything.

Eiko - 47 Mini Indicator Lamp - 6.3 Volt - 0.15 Amp - T3.25 Bulb - Miniature Bayonet Base - 10 Pack

Cast Iron Tea Pot – $30-40

After having a great dinner at Molly Woo’s at Polaris, my finance’ commented how she really liked the cast-iron tea pot that the restaurant used to serve tea. The waiter mentioned that they buy them from Teavania (now a Starbucks company). Since there was a location in the mall, we headed over after dinner only to find that the tea pot retailed for close to $130. A quick search on Amazon found nearly the same thing for $33. This made for a great birthday present for her.


If you have any great deals or highly recommended products, feel free to leave a note in the comments.

Potential Future Posts – Whiskey Balls, Xbox Game Reviews, More Weimaraner Pictures, Cross-Town Pinball

Auto Repair and Mark

Recently, my stellar 2001 Camry started acting up. Not in a major way, but just enough to drive me crazy. The first signs of trouble were random bulbs burning out. Of course, the bulbs had to be ones that the average person can’t change and included the speedometer lights and the lights behind the center console.

The second issue the Camry started with was the blower would only work at maximum speed. This meant that I was either going to be extremely hot or extremely cold depending on the weather. Ironically, I had this exact problem with my previous Camry and thanks to a great friend in Dayton (Whetstone), we were able to diagnose the problem as a faulty blower resistor.

After researching the issues and finally figuring out the name of the part I would need, I submitted a parts request to Tansky Toyota in Columbus. After waiting 24 hours and never receiving an email or a call, I phoned my local NAPA Auto Store and asked them if they carried the part. After receiving confirmation, I removed the old blower resistor (to make sure I was getting the same part) and headed there the next day.

The people at the Columbus NAPA are always super helpful. I brought in the part and they had two models in stock. They brought them both out and made sure I had the right part. From there, it was simply installing the new part.

IMG_20121203_090612New Part on the left, old on the right

With a little help from the internet, the whole process was a breeze. I’m not sure what the point of this post was other than to offer someone encouragement if they’re trying their own minor car repairs…. now if I could just figure out those lights.

Youtube video that helped

My Pups Think They’re People






I don’t think any blog can ever have enough Weimaraner pictures, so here are 7 or 8 of my weims Tobey (gray male) and Lili (blue female) trying t0 act like people.

385745_10150807660371492_31642771491_9522509_1718628955_nThe above photo was taken by a Graeters  employee at Dog’s Night Out at the Powell location. Tobey is ordering and Lillian is on lookout.

IMG_5335 IMG_5716IMG_20121216_162551The three pics above are Lillian sitting and laying like people. She’s done this since she was a puppy.

IMG_9443This is the Weims hogging the entire bed. They like laying under the covers with their heads sticking out.

IMG_20100807_180049This was taken at the Alum Creek Dog Park. Not sure what he saw on the tree, but if there were lower branches, I’m confident he would have climbed it.

IMG_20110413_183240Tobey looking out the window contemplating life

IMG_20111114_203010This was my finance’ studying for a major biochemistry exam. She started teaching the material to Tobey and he gave it his best shot trying to learn